• Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    This Is How You're Supposed To Eat Sushi

    I, like most people my age, started eating sushi in high school, as part of a little Otaku streak. I just kind of picked it up, dunked in soy sauce, and avoided wasabi/horseradish whenever I could. Thankfully, I don't do that anymore. For those of you who still do, here's a great instructional vid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Japan's Most Intense Noodle Challenge Has You Eat Hundreds of Bowls in Under 10 Minutes

    Think you love noodles? How many tiny bowl of noodles could you eat (think miso soup bowls)? 10? 20? Could you break 100? Well, if you think you could break a hundred, Japan's got the perfect challenge for you. The wankosoba challenge is an eating challenge hailing from the Iwate prefecture of nort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    McDonald's Japan's 'McChurros' Looks Suspiciously Like Chinese Donuts

    I'm going to assume that churros aren't really common place in Japan, which is why McDonald's Japan can get away with calling their new dessert item a McChurro when it's obviously just a chinese donut (the youtiao/dầu cháo quẩy kind, not the puffy sugar donut kind). But hey, it's a Chinese don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Wild Style Director Charles Ahearn on the Film's 30th Anniversary DVD

    Today, famed iconic early hip-hop film Wild Style returns with a dazzling new 30th anniversary digital remaster on an incredibly detailed and loaded-with-extras double-DVD! We spoke to director Charles Ahearn, who also recently launched the brand new hyper-detailed and multi-faceted Wild Style websi ... More >>

  • Food

    October 10, 2013

    Seasons of Japan: East Meets South

    This Irvine restaurant shows how people from Georgia like their Japanese food

  • Calendar

    October 10, 2013

    Japan Fair

    OC Fairgrounds

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Mitsuwa's Hokkaido Fair Starts Thursday

    This is it. The Mitsuwa food fair you've been waiting for. There have been others throughout the year, but in my opinion, the Hokkaido Fair is the one. And perhaps the folks at Mitsuwa realize it, too, because for the first time that I've noticed, they've hired a PR person to send reminders to peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    KFC Japan Offering Deep Fried Soup

    While our Burger Kings are putting fries in its burgers and our McDonald's are offering chicken wings, KFC's in Japan are reportedly deep frying soup.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Burger King Serving Cocktails

    You read the headline correctly. Burger King is offering mojitos, Long Island iced teas, daiquiris, and Cuba Libres. But wait...before you head out the door to get your drink on, I should add that it's only being offered at select Burger King stores in Japan.

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Ice Cream Fried Bread Cone = Ice Cornet, a Sweet Treat Coming to Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa This Week

    Mitsuwa is continually bringing us tastes of Japan in the form of limited-time special items, and this one caught my eye. It's the Ice Cornet, a swirl of soft-serve ice cream inside warm bread shaped like a cone. The picture above doesn't do the concoction justice--it's huge! The treat is popular ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Top 5 Food Videos of 2012

    What kind of world would it be without Internet video? Most give The Food Network, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network a run for their money, and best of all, you need only commit to a few minutes of your time instead of a full half-hour.Here are my favorite videos of the year.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Watch Two Weeks Of Eating in Japan Condensed To Three Minutes

    Got three minutes? Wanna go eat in Japan? Here's a video that proves that you don't need to be Anthony Bourdain to do mouthwatering food porn. You just need a good camera and to know where to point it. Combined with funky, 8-bit music, the gorgeously shot and edited 3-minute short was uploaded a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Original Iron Chef Gets New Chairman; Japan Not Happy

    Can someone be too young and too handsome? Apparently if you've been anointed the new chairman of Iron Chef Japan, you can. Kotaku is reporting that Japanese fans of the original Iron Chef are up in arms over the striking good looks and youth of the new chairman producers have chosen to preside over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    On the Line: Donald Williams of Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, Part Two

    We don't know if we were more surprised or relieved that Donald was a man of choice words. It might be because he used to teach English, and we were prepared to type a whole lot more. Either way, his demeanor was about as chill as could be right before a lunch service.Read our interview with Donald ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    On the Line: Donald Williams of Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, Part One

    Donald Williams was careful to explain that the operation is a team effort. There is no designated chef at Coco Ichibanya. Sauce, protein, starch, and perhaps a veg. There's a certain amount of assembly (and a whole lotta curry) involved. He also mentioned their next location in K-town, opening in t ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 19, 2012

    Daiso Is Dollar Shopping, Japan-Style

    [Trendzilla] The Irvine store has a yen for big savings!

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2012

    Popular YouTube Chef Seriously Injured

    ​If Cooking With Dog isn't the most popular cooking channel on YouTube, it is certainly the most beloved. The series of cooking shorts that details, step-by-step, the creation of more than 70 Japanese dishes was recently selected for a YouTube Japanese Award. Our sister blog SFoodie shares our lov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    5 Strange Video Game-Inspired Dishes From Japan

    ​Here in the United States, we do silly things like honor our precious movie stars by naming sandwiches after them. To name a few, there are the "Woody Allen" at Carnegie Deli in New York, "The Salma" and "The Kiera" at Hot Doug's in Chicago, and "Marilyn Monroe"--a Thanksgiving-style turkey sandw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    [UPDATED with Conditions of Injured:] Mysterious Explosion Rocks Newport Beach

    ​UPDATE, OCT. 12, 2:09 P.M.: Newport Beach fire officials still haven't found the cause of an explosion that sent four people to a hospital this morning. Three are in serious condition with burns to their arms and faces, while the fourth, who drove to the hospital, sustained moderate injuries. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Top Eight Highlights from Tokyo Game Show 2011

    ​Tokyo Game Show, the Japanese expo equivalent of Los Angeles' Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), was held over the past weekend in the midst of the Japanese scorching summer heat. Along with new information regarding Sony's PlayStation Vita, new game and hardware announcements along with hands-o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Cup Noodles Museum Opens in Japan

    You Offend Me You Offend My Family​The Cup Noodles Museum opens today!  And no, I don't mean my old dorm room closet. Forty years ago, Nissin Foods introduced to the world what would become a food staple of college students, stoners, kitchen klutzes and overworked cubicle rats. To celebr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Weekend Guide: OC Japan Fair, Cupcake Camp and Lotsa Lobsta

    Cupcake Camp OC Facebook Page​It's gonna be a crazy weekend 'round here. And it starts . . . now. TODAYOriginal Long Beach Lobster Festival What: Watch out, Sebastian! Loads of crustaceans will be steamed, buttered and served with coleslaw and watermelon at this beloved annual event. &nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Nintendo Alienates Their Biggest Fans: 5 Nintendo Games that May NEVER Be Released

    Pandora's Tower: A game that you may NEVER get a chance to play.​This year's lineup of games for Nintendo's systems are running a bit thin. Sure, we've got The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and a few 3DS games to look forward to, but the number of games that are targeting the experienced gamer cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Three of Nintendo's Awesome Japanese Services That We Will Never See

    ​Recently available to Nintendo 3DS owners--of Japan and Europe, for now--is the Nintendo Video service. The service is expected to release "Nintendo-approved" 2D and 3D content to the 3DS with cartoons, comedy clips, and even music videos. Working alongside another application known as SpotPass T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    When East Los Meets Tokyo: Chicano Rap and Lowrider Culture in Japan

    ​ Earthquakes aren't the only thing that California and Japan have in common. For years Japanese youth have adopted and emulated lowrider culture and Chicano Rap as their own. This peculiar phenomenon attracted a promotional tour to Japan in 2006 by Always Running author Luis J. Rodriguez who brou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Break Me Off a Piece of That (Pounded Soybean Paste) Kit Kat Bar!

    ​I just discovered the flickr set Kit Kats of the World, and boy, we Americans are getting gypped with boring milk chocolate. Japan's got much more intriguing varieties such as salt-watermelon, jasmine tea, chocolate & grilled potato, wasabi, grilled corn, sports drink and even "air-condition ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2011

    OC (Hearts) Japan

    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Flier of the Week: Benefit show for Japan at Alex's Bar

    ​ Ever since the major catastrophe in Japan, people have been wondering how they can help the victims, who are just starting to put their lives back together again. For musicians, the best way to help is to put on a show and invite as many bands and DJ's as you can.

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2011
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    March 30, 2011

    Tonight: Baja Sharkeez Newport Beach Fundraiser for Japan

    ​The always loud and festive Baja Sharkeez Newport Beach is stepping up to help the Japan relief effort by hosting a silent auction and raffle tonight from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. There's some serious loot up for bidding--Lakers and Angels tickets, autographed Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings equipmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Gwen Stefani Donates $1 Million to Japanese Emergency Fund

    ​After co-opting Japanese fashion for years, Gwen Stefani is giving back. Today, she announced that she donated $1 million to Save the Children's relief efforts for Japan. The No Doubt singer and fashion designer said in a statement: "I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Black Eyed Peas, Blink-182, Simon Cowell and More Host Benefits for Japan Via Shows, T-Shirts, Albums, Vids, Tweets

    ​In the wake of the unfathomable disaster in Japan, musicians are showing their support through benefit shows, merch and other creative endeavors, rallying fans to help the country. Their efforts can make a real impact--Gaga's Japan-relief wristbands raised $250,000 in just 48 hours.  Here's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Ramen Shop Owner Who Lost His Home in Japan Tsunami Gives Away Noodles

    There's a lot of news coming out of Japan, all of it sad, some of it worrisome; but then there are a few stories that instill hope, like this one, which is about an owner of ramen shop in Miyako City who decided to give away his noodles even as he, himself, lost his home in the tsunami. Why? Becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Japan Radiation No Threat to California, Officials Say

    ​Maybe it's the fact that Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has already suffered several explosions, is currently leaking radiation into the air, and seems to be headed toward total meltdown. Maybe it's the fact that a cold pressure system is sucking cold wind out of China and Korea and sendin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    How the Video Game Community Is Responding to Japan's Quake Disasters

    Masahiro Sakurai's TwitterA photo by Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai shows empty Tokyo streets after the earthquake​With the death toll rising above 10,000 people, 88,000 people reported missing and the threat of numerous nuclear meltdowns, Japan is facing its worst national catastrophe since World ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Lady Gaga Designs Japan Relief Bracelet, Raises $250,000 So Far

    ​Using her star power and fashion prowess for good, Lady Gaga has designed a "We Pray for Japan" wristband, sold on her site for $5, with all proceeds going toward Japan earthquake/tsunami relief efforts.Today, she tweeted that $250,000 has been raised so far. 

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Japan Quake Disaster Raises Fears and Charity in OC

    Photo by Airman John D. Partlow/U.S. Air ForceDisplaced commercial airline passengers take shelter inside Taiyo Community Center on Friday.​Those following the epic horrors playing out across the Pacific are aware that the 8.9 magnitude earthquake has been officially declared the worst catastrophe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Some of Japan McDonald's New American-Themed Burgers Are Hilariously Misguided​The food-blog web is snickering with news that McDonald's outlets in Japan are doing a new burger promotion called Big America 2 (yes, it's a sequel, meaning they've done this before).The burgers, hilarious caricatures and revealing in how Japan sees us, are shown above in all thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Record Price For Tuna

    Flickr user 4-6​The Tsukiji fish market auction grabs headlines this time of year, almost every year. Last year, the story was on a 513 pound bluefin tuna that netted $177,000. This year's catch blew that one out of the water.

  • Calendar

    October 14, 2010

    Both Cheese

    VIento y Agua Gallery

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Kasugai Konpeito Candy

    Edwin Goei​Name: Kasugai Konpeito Candy Origin: Japan Found at: Freshia, Tustin Cost: $2.49 Ingredients: Sugar, FD & C Yellow No. 5, FD & C Yellow No. 6, FD & C Blue No. 1. Why I Bought It: Moth balls. They first looked like moth balls. Further research revealed that these cand ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009

    Art of the Samurai

    Bowers Museum

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    More East-Meets-Mex Fusion at Wafu of Japan

    I raved about the samurai burrito at Wafu of Japan last month; here's another Japexican creation from this small, delicious eatery: jalapeños stuffed with spicy tuna.No need to buy Tums. The chilies that Wafu's chefs use are of the shishito variety, more piquant than fiery, while when has anyone ev ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 2, 2009
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    December 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    99 Ranch Wants You To Know: "NOT Made in China!"

    Browsed through the online ads for 99 Ranch today and I noticed something I'd never noticed before. On their flier, attached to pictures of items that are look remotely Asian in origin, there are now big cartoony bubbles that proclaim "Made in Taiwan" or "Made in Japan". I'm pretty sure that befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Update: Tokyo Table Opens Wed. Sept. 17 (and Special Offer)

    Tokyo Table, the first restaurant of many at the new Diamond Jamboree in Irvine, will have its grand opening tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, at 5 P.M. The restaurant's already got two outlets in L.A. County (Beverly Hills and Arcadia). Other than the usual roster of rolls, teriyaki and tempura, ... More >>

  • News

    September 20, 2007


    An Introduction to Japanese Sake

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    Aural Reports

    From Her Van to Your Mind: Reina Boone strums local, thinks global

  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    Aural Reports

    Anime(xican) American: Stephanie Yanez brings sabor to karaoke

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